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Grants Disbursed

AIM USA Grant Disbursement—India

Every year AIM USA provides direct financial aid from donations to monasteries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America in the form of grants through the AIM International office in Vanves, France.  

AIM International receives and reviews the grant applications from developing monasteries.  Twice each year, AIM USA, as one of nine country secretariats, selects those grants that it is able to fund from the accepted international list.  

April 2016 grants funded by AIM USA 

Africa

  • Nigeria—for the first year studies of a Cistercian Sister
  • Madagascar—for the continuing education of young Cistercian monks and nuns
  • Uganda—to purchase a photocopier
  • Burkina Faso—for the ongoing formation of the members of the monastic community

Asia

  • India—to repair the roof of a school building
  • India—to purchase a tractor to improve agriculture for about seven acres of land 
  • Vietnam—for an additional scholarship for a Trappist monk 

Latin America

  • Brazil—to enable a Cistercian monk to study in Rome
  • Guatemala—for an ecology project to improve nutrition and by taking care of the earth through organic growing of vegetables and medicinal herbs.

 

2015 April grants funded by AIM USA 

Africa

  • Benedictine Communities of Southern Africa—for temporary professed monastics to attend a formation workshop 
  • Tanzania—for a host baking machine that makes both small and large hosts with minimal electricity consumption, a ministry of Benedictine Sisters 

Asia

  • India—for a monk to attend a seminar and write a thesis in Rome 
  • India—for a monk to participate in the Monastic Renewal Program at Sant' Anselmo 
  • Philippines—for participants to attend the Benedictine-Cistercian Conference of the Philippines 

Latin America

  • Brazil—CIMBRA in Brazil- to attend a seminar on the Rule of Benedict 
  • Nicaragua—for sisters to buy a machine for labeling jam bottles 

 

2015 November grants funded by AIM USA 

Africa

  • Nigeria—for a Benedictine community of Sisters to construct a poultry house to aid with their income        
  • Nigeria—for a Benedictine community of nuns to buy breviaries
  • Congo—for a Benedictine monk to study to be an infirmarian         

Asia

  • Philippines—for monks and nuns to attend a joint Benedictine and Cistercian Conference
  • Vietnam—for a scholarship to enable seven Cistercian Sisters to study
  • India—for a scholarship to enable a Benedictine monk to study Counseling/ Psychology        

Latin America

  • Brazil—for a monk to participate in the Cistercian monastic formation course in Rome
  • Brazil—to enable a Benedictine sister to purchase materials of iconography
  • International—to enable Cistercian sisters and monks to participate in ongoing formation in Rome

 
2014 April grants funded by AIM USA 

Africa

  • Benedictine Union of Tanzania—for the centennial meeting and conference
  • Eritrea—to construct an underground water reservoir
  • South Africa—for the Benedictine Communities of Southern Africa (BECOSA) meeting

Asia

  • India—for sisters to install a liturgical vestment workroom and purchase machines
  • Philippines—for the Holy Rule study weeks at the Tagaytay Spirituality Center 
  • Vietnam—for an additional scholarship for a Cistercian monk to study

Latin America

  • Argentina—to help with the publication of monastic books
  • Brazil—for the formation program of the monks
  • Brazil—for a brother to attend the Cistercian formation course in Rome
  • Latin America-general—for a regional meeting of monks and nuns

 

2014 November grants funded by AIM USA 

Africa

  • Benin—to create an apiary at the monastery
  • Congo—for the studies of two sisters
  • Ethiopia—for a scholarship for a Cistercian Monk
  • Togo- for the formation of a professional infirmarian

Asia

  • Sri-Lanka—for studies of a monk in Rome
  • Vietnam—for scholarships for 13 sisters to study Theology

Latin America

  • Ecuador—for a community reforestation project